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Independence Day

An Independence Day reflection on the many different meanings of ‘independence’

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People without disabilities or those who lack experience caring for someone with disabilities, struggle with understanding what independence means for people with special needs.

A (sort of) different Fourth of July: lots of traffic, shoppers, barbecues and illegal fireworks

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There were no official fireworks shows, which were canceled due to the large crowds these events typically draw. But there were plenty of illegal fireworks lighting up the after-dark skies from one end of town to the other, delighting some residents and annoying others.

We hold these truths to be self-evident…

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Full text of the Declaration of Independence from the National Archives

Jamesport celebrates 243 years of American independence with July 4 ceremony

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About 40 people turned out in stifling morning heat July 4 in Jamesport to mark American Independence with prayer, a salute to the flag, patriotic music and speeches.

Town historian looks back at how 19th century Riverhead celebrated Independence Day

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A look back on celebrations of our nation's independence in 19th Century Riverhead by town historian Georgette Case.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

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'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. ...' Transcription of the Declaration of Independence from the National Archives
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Celebrate Independence Day Thursday morning in Jamesport

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The community is invited to attend an Independence Day celebration Thursday morning at the war memorial on the lawn of the George...

Words that changed the world

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"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Read the transcription of the full document of the Declaration of Independence.

Where to see fireworks this week

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There's plenty of opportunity to enjoy professional fireworks displays this week to celebrate America's independence. Here's a rundown of events in our area.
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Photos, video: Riverhead celebrates America’s independence with music and fireworks

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The annual event hosted by the Riverhead Business Improvement District drew the biggest crowd yet for music, fireworks and fun on the riverfront.
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